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SIDE LIGHTS

ON AMERICAN HISTORY

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ON

AMERICAN HISTORY

BY

HENRY W. ELSON, A.M.

LECTURER OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE EXTENSION

OF UNIVERSITY TEACHING
AUTHOR OF “HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHIES FOR CHILDREN

“WHAT TO READ," ETC.

NATIONAL PERIOD BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR

New York
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD.

1899

All rights reserved

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PREFACE

HISTORY can be presented to us only by means of pictures, reproductions of that which we cannot directly witness.

If you study a city from photographs, the general bird's-eye view is necessary to give you the relative size and location of things; but such a view is not enough. You must have pictures, on a larger scale, of a busy street, a mammoth office building, a public park, the interior of a workshop, and the like. The ordinary school history furnishes the bird's-eye view of our country's origin and growth; the present volume aims to give a more detailed account a picture on a larger scale of some of the chief events in our history. It is intended not to replace the text-book, but to supplement it.

The text-book gives the succession of events and, in some measure, their relative importance; but, owing to the multitude of subjects to be

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